Mump & Smoot are in flux
as they return to the Ummonian wilderness they love so much, in search of spiritual
renewal. Here, they hope to achieve a sense of balance in their hectic yet always
adventurous existence so they can successfully deal with their ever-crumbling
world. Throughout this journey their abilities to survive emotionally, spiritually,
and physically are put to the test.
"FLUX" premiered in Edmonton
leading off a wildly successful national Western tour which saw the "post-apocalyptic
Smothers Brothers" (Edmonton Journal) in Calgary and Vancouver before opening
in Toronto to critical raves and sold-out houses.
Mump & Smoot in
Flux won two Dora awards in 2003 for Outstanding Production and Direction
in the Independent Theatre Category.
Written & Created by Michael Kennard
& John Turner
Directed by Karen Hines
Starring Michael Kennard as
Mump, John Turner as Smoot
and Scott Macdonald as Boolawa
& Sound Design by Greg Morrison
Lighting Design by Michel Charbonneau
Set Design by Campbell Manning
& Smoot are a national treasure. The consistent magic of Mump & Smoot is their
connection with and awareness of the audience."
"What a fine theatrical
jewel: think Campfire Girls meet Sartre…. What impresses the most is how endlessly
literate this comedy team is (especially given how accessible and basic their
humour might be - Commedia del Arte meets Barnum and Bailey) and how layered their
performances end up being. I'm also totally blown away with how the pair manages
to walk that fine comedic line and create a deeply pathos-dripped work that never
dips into the needlessly grotesque."
"...one of the great
entrances of the year... the chemistry is winningly, and precisely, set forth
in this delightful show."
- Edmonton Journal
"...individual and shared genius...
awesome talents... Flux boasts an exceptional set, sound and lighting designs
and Mump & Smoot's canoe is a marvel."
"Flux is very funny
and ingenious entertainment...inspired silliness... flawless timing... finely
calculated movement... Kennard and Turner showed us once more how subtle and delightful
the art of clowning can be."
- Calgary Herald
"Flux is sometimes horrifying
and always hilarious ... clever physical comedy and inspired improvisation, all
of it deeply rooted in the most primal parts of the human psyche."
- Vancouver Sun